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5 Outrageous UFC split decisions

JM Payne
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These UFC Split Decisions were absolutely outrageous
These UFC Split Decisions were absolutely outrageous

The 4 possible outcomes of a professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, are a win, loss, draw, or a no-contest. A fighter can win the bout by way of KO/TKO, submission or decision, in case of which the other fighter ends up losing.

Meanwhile, in case of the fight being declared a draw, neither fighter wins or loses the bout. Moreover, circumstances such as drug test failures in connection with the fight as well as excessive fouls and Disqualifications result in a bout being ruled a no-contest.

Furthermore, there a multiple formats of a decision verdict in MMA -- that being, Unanimous Decision, Split Decision, and Majority Decision. Speaking of which, today, we take a special look at some of the most outrageous Split Decisions in UFC history -- fights in which the fighter who'd notably done better work in the fight, ended up on the losing end of the judges' scorecards...


#5 Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit

Carlos Condit out-struck Robbie Lawler by a significant margin, but ended up losing nonetheless
Carlos Condit out-struck Robbie Lawler by a significant margin, but ended up losing nonetheless

Robbie Lawler defended his UFC Welterweight Championship against Carlos Condit at UFC 195. Lawler was coming off one of the most brutal MMA fights of all time -- his second fight against Rory Macdonald -- and most experts believed that the war with Macdonald may have compromised the chin of Lawler.

Accordingly, Condit dropped Lawler with a beautiful hook to the head in Round 1, however, Lawler came back strong and gradually worked his way into the fight. The latter scored a knockdown of Condit later in the matchup, and both fighters continually threw heavy leather at one another.

Intriguingly, the entire fight saw Condit comfortably out-strike Lawler by a large margin as regards the volume of strikes thrown in the fight. Nevertheless, both Lawler and Condit had each other rocked in the fifth and final round, as the duo ended the fight slugging it out until the referee separated them.

In the end, Lawler was awarded the win by way of Split Decision -- something most fans and experts disagreed with, particularly due to the fact that Condit had connected with a greater number of significant strikes throughout the fight.

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